How To Clean Up After A Pet Accident
There are A LOT of ways to “clean-up” after you pet leaves a “deposit” on your carpet. And NO MATTER how “house trained,” “pad-trained” they are there WILL BE accidents. Usually the biggest mistake pet owners make is WHAT they use to clean up with. Typically a carpet spot cleaner or some kind of soap. People associate soap with clean and they more soap means CLEANER. Unfortunately for carpet, soap means STICKY and sticky means dark, discolored spots.
You can TEST a carpet spot cleaner BEFORE you buy it by shaking it up or giving it what we call the “Shake Test.” Almost all carpet spot cleaners a soapy/foamy which leaves a sticky residue. The sticky residue collects dirt, debris, etc. and dark, discolored spots appear. It is a little like fly paper…
Even if you purchased your carpet spot cleaner AT THE PET STORE, or even if it has pets all over the bottle. Just because a place sells it doesn’t mean it works or isn’t going to cause problems.
Here is how to clean up after a pet accident.
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Most spots can easily be dealt with IF you catch them before they dry.
If it hasn’t dried, get a MICROFIBER towel and BLOT the carpet. Microfiber is A LOT more absorbent than other types of towels. Fold it over, but make sure it is large enough to cover the area and step/stand on it. Rock your weight back and forth on it. Adjust the cloth accordingly. This will probably get up most everything. You can the use a disinfectant on the area to kill the germs, viruses and bacteria.
IF you have a “shampooer” or a home cleaner OR if it is a BIG MESS, rent/use a Rug Doctor/Bissell. But DO NOT buy or use anything SOAPY in it. IF you do, KEEP RINSING until you get all the soap out. These are great for large vomit or diarrhea. You’ll want to use a disinfectant after you’ve cleaned everything up.
If you want to use a cleaner on the spot a good DIY Carpet Spot Cleaner is White Vinegar and Water 50/50. You can mix it weaker if you’d like.
Since most carpet spot cleaners CAUSE problems, we suggest White Vinegar and Water 50/50. You can mix it weaker if you’d like. You can also try applying just water to the spot.
Most spots can easily be dealt with IF you catch them before they dry. There is a good chance that if the spot has dried the substance has bonded with/to the carpet. As long as the bond can be broken the “spot” will come out. Carpet is very, very porous, pretty much like clothing material. And once something bonds to it, it can be VERY difficult to get out.
If you have any questions about how to clean up after a pet accident please don’t hesitate to call/text CitruSolution Carpet Cleaning 770.652.0630